Lions Relocations: Responding to Human-Wildlife Conflict
In one of the neighboring communities next to Mana Pools, Chundu village, an unexpected and challenging situation arose when a pride of lions took up residence and began preying on livestock. Unfortunately this is an example of human-wildlife conflict that we are work with the Utariri Programme to minimise. The community was directly impacted, and their response was to chase the lions away. Inevitably, the lions sought refuge in a neighbouring community, triggering alarm bells throughout the region.
Responding to the urgent call, a proficient team was assembled, composed of dedicated members from Bushlife Safaris, including Bushlife Support Unit Operations Manager Nkululeko “Freedom” Hlongwane, alongside experts from Zimbabwe National Parks and the Zimbabwe National Parks Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Columbas Chaitezvi . Our mission: to safely capture and relocate the lions.